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Backstage Whispers overheard by Richard Andrews

Last updated : 22nd December 2008

It's Official! As previously forecast here, the Directors Company production of Dan Gordon's Irena's Vow, with Tovah Feldshuh, Sandi Carroll, Tracee Chimo, Steven Hauck, Scott Klavan, Peter Reznikoff, Thomas Ryan, Gene Silvers, John Stanisci and Maja Wampuszyc, directed by Michael Parva, recently seen at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, will transfer to Broadway, previewing from March 10th at the Walter Kerr Theatre, with an official opening on March 29th. It tells the true story of a woman forced to work as a housekeeper for a German general in Poland during World War II, who secretly cared for 12 Jewish refugees. The design team comprises scenery by Kevin Judge, costumes by Astrid Brucker, lighting by David Castaneda, sound by Quentin Chiappetta and projection by Alex Koch. It will be presented by Stan Raiff, Daryl Roth, Debra Black, James L Nederlander and Terry Allan Kramer.

In Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt's one person play Oscar And The Pink Lady, Rosemary Harris will play a 10 year old hospital patient, his friends, his family and an ancient hospital volunteer, whose wit and compassion transform the lives of those around her, directed by Frank Dunlop, from January 16th at the Florence Gould Hall. The producers are FIAF in association with Eightyone Productions. The Florence Gould Hall is located at 55 East 59th Street, between Madison and Park Avenues.

Women's Project and SITI Company will stage the American professional premiere of Virginia Woolfe's Freshwater, 'a theatrical escapade set in a Victorian garden on a summer evening', with Ellen Lauren, Kelly Maurer, Tom Nelis, Barney O'Hanlon and Stephen Duff Webber, directed by Anne Bogart, previewing from January 15th at the Julia Miles Theatre, opening on January 25th. Woolfe's only play was written to be performed by her friends and family, and congers up a witty and wacky universe peopled with a tribe of artists, friends and lovers in a playful mood. The Julia Miles Theater is located at 424 West 55th Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

The musical Rock Of Ages, set in a Hollywood rock club in 1987, book by Chris D'Arienzo, featuring a back catalogue of 1980s pop songs, directed by Kristin Hanggi, with choreography by Kelly Devine, playing at New World Stages until January 4th, will transfer to Broadway, previewing from March 20th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening on April 7th. The current company features Constantine Maroulis, Kelli Barrett, Nova Bergeron, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Michele Mais, Lauren Molina, Brian Munn, Angel Reed, Paul Schoeffler, Will Swenson, Wesley Taylor, Savannah Wise, Jeremy Woodard, Jackie Burns, Lara Janine, Christopher Spaulding and Tad Wilson. The design team comprises scenery by Beowulf Boritt, costumes by Gregory Gale, lighting by Jason Lyons, sound by Walter Trarbach and projection by Zachary Borovay. The producers are Matthew Weaver, Carl Levin, Jeff Davis, Scott Prisand, and Corner Store Fund I, in association with Janet Billig Rich, Hillary Weaver, Stefany and Simon Bergson, Charles Rolecek, Susanne Brook, Barry Habib, Israel Wolfson, Jennifer Maloney and Prospect Pictures.

The American premiere of Jane Bodie's Ride, in which a man and a woman wake up in bed together, and neither can remember how they got there or who the other is, with Jeremy Waters and Melissa Chambers, directed by Nick Flint, will preview from January 15th at 59E59 Theaters, opening on January 21st. Unsurprisingly, 59E59 Theaters is located at 59 East 59th Street, between Park and Madison Avenues.

On The Casting Couch: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Denis O'Hare, Mamie Gummer, Louis Zorich, George Morfogen, Delphi Harrington and Cyrilla Baer will head the cast of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, at the Classic Stage Company from January 17th; Sally Ann Howes, Sierra Boggess, Marin Mazzie, Dick Latessa, Walter Charles, Anne L Nathan, Tom Alan Robbins and Douglas Sills, will feature in the Encores! presentation of the Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein musical Music In The Air, opening at New York City Center on February 5th; and Michael Countryman, Donnetta Lavinia Grays and Jeremy Bobb will feature in Donald Margulies's Shipwrecked! An Entertainment - The Amazing Adventures Of Louis de Rougemont (As Told By Himself) opening on February 8th; and Jane Alexander and Lynn Cohen will play in Tina Howe's Chasing Manet, from March 24th, both at 59E59 Theaters.

Origin Theatre Company and Stiff Upper Lip, in association with the Villar-Hauser Theatre Development Fund will stage the American premiere of Philip Ridley's Leaves Of Glass, the tale of two brothers in London's East End struggling to cope with the death of their father, with Xanthe Elbrick, Euan Morton, Victor Villar-Hauser and Alexa Kelly, directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser, previewing from January 14th at the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Playwrights Horizons, opening on January 18th. Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Arthur Giron's Emilie's Voltaire, with Amy Lynn Stewart and Robert Boardman, directed by Kevin Confoy, will receive its world premiere previewing from January 10th at the Samuel Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row, opening on January 22nd. It tells the story of the long term affair between the philosopher, playwright and poet Voltaire, and Marquise du Chatelet, the most beautiful (and married) woman in France, who became a famous physicist. Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues.

Stay Over, a comic adaptation of Maria Micheles's dark drama Sleepover, in which a thirtysomething couple's evening at home is interrupted by a the arrival of a young woman with whom the husband has been havig an affair, written and directed by Matt Morillo, with JessAnn Smith, Tom Pilutik and Lori Faiella, will play at the Theater for the New City from January 8th. Theater for the New City is located at 155 1st Avenue at 10th Street.